- # 182786 pts - Scout: bartadamleybartadamley2 hours ago
Palmer says that one hand-copied book in the 14th century cost as much as a house and libraries cost a small fortune. The largest European library in 1300 was the university library of Paris, which had 300 total manuscripts.
Remember this next time you are upset about spending more than $10 for a new book!
Since literacy rates were still very low in the 1490s, locals would gather at the pub to hear a paid reader recite the latest news, which was everything from bawdy scandals to war reports.
What's the modern day equivalent of a paid reader?
I have been shifting my research of the internet and all the radical change it is causing, by studying the vast technological changes such as the printing press and how it restructured society.
This is not our first rodeo!
- # 351662 pts - Scout: deephdavebartadamley1 day ago
Goodness. That Pie Chart Graphic for paying writers really does look wonderful. Reminds me of a Color Wheel. Do we have a name for this yet?
Regardless, this hypothesis is something that gets me pumped up. I fundamentally believe in Readup's mission, to create a better experience online... where you know individuals are giving their undivided attention on a given topic for a particular read.
I want an internet where conversations are context-dependent. Readup is helping move the needle on this exact problem space.
- # 78750 pts - Scout: bartadamley
- # 74371 pts - Scout: bartadamleyare.na | 31 min2 reads1 comment10are.na31 min2 reads10
- AOTD on 6/15/18 - Scout: chronotopeNieman Lab | 5 min46 reads13 comments9.3Nieman Lab5 min46 reads9.3bartadamley2 days ago
Here's a piece of Readup's history!
Looking at the UX from way back then to now, makes me realize how fortunate we are with the current setup!
“The longer-term vision for the company is that we want to be the reading certification of record across the web and we want our technology all over the place, and then all the comments always end up in a singular spot.”
Having this certification of record for reading online is getting more and more critical to have. All across the web certification would really verify what content is actually worthwhile for our attention..
- AOTD on 2/20/21 - Scout: jeffbartadamley4 days ago
Great Article. Was not a piece I would have normally read, but thankfully it was the AOTD.
“My heroin use is as rational as my alcohol use,” Carl Hart writes. “Like vacation, sex, and the arts, heroin is one of the tools that I use to maintain my work-life balance.”
It's really interesting to see how we can actually relate our drug use to our lives... and how it can enhance our work-life balance.
However, he makes an interesting claim regarding drug use and has an important definition for what a "fully functioning" person is . . . as there definitely has to be limits set for drug use.
- # 72855 pts - Scout: bartadamleyQuartz | Anne Quito | 12/12/18 | 3 min5 reads1 comment9.0QuartzAnne Quito|12/12/18|3 min5 reads9.0
- AOTD on 10/23/20 - Scout: normanbaeThe Guardian | Jess Cartner-Morley | 9/20/20 | 11 min18 reads7 comments9.3The GuardianJess Cartner-Morley|9/20/20|11 min18 reads9.3
- # 291929 pts - Scout: bartadamley
Li Jin is THE person to follow with regards to thoughts on all things related to the "passion economy".
The passion economy is rooted in and celebrates the notion of creator leverage: Because creators emphasize their individuality and offer unique services/products that are non-fungible, creators wield much more power over platforms than gig workers who are entirely replaceable.
We are at this really interesting point in time, where there is so much talk about the often over-hyped Gig Economy, and the area of opportunity we should really be shifting our eyes towards is The Creator Economy.
Peering into the future, create something that is entirely authentic (i.e, you). Rather than getting trapped within the Gig Economy where you are easily replaced.
Cannot recommend this read enough!
- # 113540 pts - Scout: bartadamleyNat Eliason | 7 min1 read1 comment9.0Nat Eliason7 min1 read9.0bartadamley6 days ago
"When you first start learning something new, it is normal to see rapid - or at least steady -- improvement, and when that improvement stops, it is natural to believe you've hit some sort of implacable limit. So you stop trying to move forward, and you settle down to life on that plateau. This is the major reason that people in every area stop improving."
This is the frustrating part about motivation, in that acquiring it at first can be difficult but one you start grooving... it is easy to feel like things are going well. Then all of a sudden BOOM, you have really made quite the strive, finally feeling like you have made it due to some successes you have found.
Then you stick to your work at that same level, with a lack of follow-up as to how you can further your improvement.
Building up that persistence, or better yet "will" is what it takes in the long run. Putting in that 'practice' day in, and day out is truly what it takes to be something great!
Don't let this plateau stop you.
- # 185193 pts - Scout: deephdave
Interesting note about how newsletters can be limited for growth due to the fact of having less design customization..
This is something I frankly haven’t thought about using Substack as my newsletter platform. Time to dig in and see what Substack offers in terms of design customization.
As authenticity is vital for creating a presence online.
- # 54994 pts - Scout: bartadamley
Great dive into what exactly a polymath is, and how we could all benefit from having a world framing such as this.
I didn’t do any of these things with a goal of being a polymath. I did them because I was drawn to them. It took many years before I started to see any benefits from mixing these pursuits.
We have long-lived in the industrial mindset that once we specialize in school and/or our job we are set for our education. That we are supposed to start in our lane. However, we are now entering an age where having a range of ideas/skills is not just a cute thing to have, it is an essential thing to have in an unstable economy.
Now that I’m intentionally embracing a polymath life, I hope to see the benefits compound even more. I’m excited to see how this plays out!
This is the beauty of what our knowledge does when pursuing multiple fields of study at once. It compounds and we find unique connections due to our diversified studies. Embracing a life of diversified learning instead of specialized learning will be the way of the future.
I have a feeling online education is going to be a HUGE role in this.
- AOTD on 7/26/18 - Scout: chronotope
This essay cuts deep!
Premium mediocrity is dressing for the lifestyle you’re supposed to want, in order to hold on to the lifestyle you can actually afford for now while trying to engineer a stroke of luck.
That inventing the future means showing up to help sustain the fiction while it is being built out. It means taking risks to make money, meaning, or both.
Risking it for money, meaning or both... this is really what the process of inventing the future looks like . . . having this awareness is something anyone seeking to take a chance on themselves must be aware of!
- AOTD on 2/22/21 - Scout: billThe Guardian | MARYANNE WOLF | 8/25/18 | 8 min21 reads12 comments9.9The GuardianMARYANNE WOLF|8/25/18|8 min21 reads9.9
Deep reading for the win.
One thing I have noticed about as my ability to read more deeply has increased, my ability to pay focused attention and enjoy the present moment has also improved.
In this hinge moment between print and digital cultures, society needs to confront what is diminishing in the expert reading circuit, what our children and older students are not developing, and what we can do about it.
There is so much more to uncover about the benefits of reading. Wolf really is the best in business, and we could definitely use more voices like hers!
- AOTD on 10/25/19 - Scout: JessicaThe New Yorker | Anna Wiener | 11/16/18 | 10 min7 reads4 comments8.8The New YorkerAnna Wiener|11/16/18|10 min7 reads8.8
However, one cannot deny that Stewart Brand's idealism is something that we can largely learn from in regards to our relationship with technologies.
"A realm of intimate, personal power is developing - power of the individual to conduct his own education, find his own inspiration, and share his adventure with whoever is interested."
I cannot wait until the Biography on Stewart Brand is released, as well as the Documentary on what I believe was a very interesting life for him. It would be a thrill to meet Mr. Brand!
'We Are as Gods and Might as Well Get Good at It'
From Counterculture to Cyberculture by Fred Turner is a fascinating account diving deeper on the Whole Earth Catalog. I cannot recommend it enough.
- # 92660 pts - Scout: bartadamleybreakingsmart.substack.com | Venkatesh Rao | 10/30/15 | 3 min8 reads3 comments8.3breakingsmart.substack.comVenkatesh Rao|10/30/15|3 min8 reads8.3
"the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."
The foxes and hedgehog dichotomy is one I have been pondering the past few months... as I try to implement more cross-disciplinary thinking to my approach for the way in which I think.
It is great to have the ability to parse many ideas. However, picking the needle in the idea haystack is the true challenge.
If a 100 new alluring little foxy ideas, insights and observations hit you every week, and can pick out the 1 that is worth responding to, you're a foxhog.
time to become a foxhog!
- # 84729 pts - Scout: bartadamleyCraig Mod | 30 minCraig Mod30 min1 read10
I have so much work to do.
Rome wasn't built in a day though right?
So incredibly interesting to see the way different individuals have found to help monetize their creative work. This is an all-encompassing source and I highly recommend it to anyone, who is seeking to do such a thing.
Check out my newsletter that I just launched in the meanwhile :)
- # 28857 pts - Scout: bartadamleyRadical Extramentality | 4/5/09 | 16 minRadical Extramentality4/5/09|16 min1 read10
Anytime I read anything McLuhan, I am always mind-blown by the amount of further interpretation I have to do with a particular quote.
Those who read now do so in an atmosphere of Post-Literacy: we are surrounded by people who know how to read but on the whole prefer not to.
Readup is in a fight with a world that is increasingly post-literate. And yet, I love Readup's mission, because it fosters an environment in which you are able to focus deeply on one task. Any tech company that does this... is fighting the good fight. Interactive Software > Consumptive Software.
New media are new languages of perception, their grammars and syntaxes—their “literacies”—yet to be ascertained.
Diving into the major developments of particular media environments is an essential practice, to get a sense of the landscape in which we are enveloped in. The major shifts being: oral, scribal, print, electric to digital.
What type of literacies are you keeping your eye on currently? What type of literacies are being developed presently that we are currently unaware of?
- # 170238 pts - Scout: bill
Our objective is to make reading online feel more like reading a book.
I think any of us who use Readup can vouch for this. My time reading digitally has skyrocketed due to my use of Readup. The beauty of it too is no matter what date the article is from, all articles are formatted in the same minimal style.
Which makes Reading online so enjoyable.
- AOTD on 2/5/21 - Scout: deephdaveaclu.org | 21 min18 reads6 comments9.7aclu.org21 min18 reads9.7
Such an informative piece on what cryptocurrencies are. Highly recommend this piece, as it seems we are at the very beginning of the blockchain being implemented on a "mainstream" level.
the hard truth is that the only thing that gives cryptocurrencies value is the belief of a large population in their usefulness as a means of exchange.
This is the type of article, that makes me ponder if I should go down a rabbit hole to understand the history of money.. in the first place.
- # 32046 pts - Scout: bartadamleyare.na | 12 minare.na12 min1 read10
In 1985, the students at Brown who encountered Intermedia had never seen anything like it before in their lives. The system laid a world of information at their fingertips, saved them hours at the library, and helped them work through tangles of thought. Making Webs was more flexible than drawing concept maps and brainstorms on paper.
I have really enjoyed reading articles such as this.. as we have only touched the surface of what is possible with computing. Making the Internet more interactive, and less consumptive... seems like a valid first step.
The real question is... how can you switch market incentives to create a better ecology for meaningful attention rather than short bursts of attention? My guess is it has to start on an individual level. Read an article first thing in the morning, rather than scrolling your Twitter feed for example.
Side note: I want to look more into this conceptualization of Intermedia.
- # 41021 pts - Scout: bartadamley
- AOTD on 2/7/21 - Scout: Alexa
Woah. This is a powerful article. Really makes me think twice when falling down any productivity rabbit hole.
Great find @Alexa
I’m not scared that a robot is going to be able to write a blog post, or write my next book. I’m scared that I’ll be expected to write five books in the time I would’ve previously been expected to write one — and for the same amount of pay.
- # 24097 pts - Scout: bartadamley
Bret Victor is slowly taking over as my hero in terms of a researcher is advancing work in the realm of intelligence augmentation. His work is reminiscent along the likes of Alan Kay, Ted Nelson, Doug Engelbart, and Licklider.
Learning programming is about learning problem solving while exploring the special kind of creativity that computers and software afford. Programming is where information becomes a living thing capable of movement, flowing through systems and adapting itself to various processes and models. It allows information to dance.
Dynamicland is the only place you can go to work on Realtalk projects. I can’t work on projects alone at home. There’s no GitHub for Realtalk. My time at Dynamicland feels precious, and that preciousness seems to elevate my creativity. Maybe this is what it felt like to have to schedule a block of time at a university computer before the PC era.
Having a fixed place to take care of research, is a challenge as well as vital way of using a particular tool for our minds. I think so many of us struggle now, as our work lives are now vastly intertwined with our personal lives. That physical separation can make our work lives, as well as our personal lives feel much more sacred. And yet, maybe this is part of the beauty of the time in which we live?
- # 37329 pts - Scout: bartadamley
For those notetaking nerds out there, this is a great introduction to how you can use the latest tools out there to largely enhance the work you do... i.e, building your second brain!
But organization is key to developing a knowledge base, and in essence, that is exactly what a [[PhD]] is: developing a knowledge base that allows you to hypothesize, make inferences, extrapolate, connect.
- # 207147 pts - Scout: deephdaveThe New York Times Company | MARC TRACY | 9/23/20 | 6 min8 reads4 comments9.3The New York Times CompanyMARC TRACY|9/23/20|6 min8 reads9.3
He added, “People will hate-read things, but they won’t hate-pay things.”
Interesting take on Substack. I am going to give Substack a try, as I look to further ponder some of my ideas about the fundamental question of what an education should look like in our increasingly digital age.
Check it out :)
- # 236100 pts - Scout: bartadamley
Great piece, which is still relevant today, about the sheer potential as well as challenges when tackling an online education.
Instead of just studying at one institution, you could choose your own degree narrative. You could study at a range of courses from a range of different institutions, including MOOCs, and this gets built into a degree.
This is the thrill of building out a self-education online. However, just as with anything with the information age... how do we actually follow through and commit to the course that we signed up for? By having a mechanism for accountability, which ideally would be humans on the other side, supporting you, learning, hanging out with you virtually as you go through the course.
What is needed is one place where everything gets recognized from any MOOC or University in the one location.
And perhaps, this place already exists? It's the internet! Just as one goes through their University Major, PhD program and so on.. when attacking your online learning, coming up with a way of expressing the concrete ideas you have learned... is ideally, what would then become your artifact for your education. The only way up and out is to publish!
- # 36131 pts - Scout: bartadamleycalnewport.com | 3 min2 reads1 comment9.0calnewport.com3 min2 reads9.0
In a poorly-connected network, more solutions are being examined in parallel before the best of the bunch is able to spread enough to enforce a consensus. In the well-connected network, the first reasonable idea quickly takes over.
The conclusion then being that it actually works better to not necessarily be right up-to-date on communications.. but rather devoting more time to consider alternatives. Who hasn't experienced this firsthand with Slack?
- # 24097 pts - Scout: bartadamley
Kevin Kelly always has wisdom. This piece of gold is from 1997, and the amount of takeaways I got from this are unbelievable!
He touches on 12 rules for the "new economy" based upon Networked Economics.
Here's my favorite quote.
Wasting time and being inefficient are the way to discovery. The Web is being run by 20-year-olds because they can afford to waste the 50 hours it takes to become proficient in exploring the Web.
Cheers to exploring what the internet can and will become in our lives.
- # 35034 pts - Scout: thorgalleMashable | Henry P. Twolingos (as transcribed by Shelby Slauer) | 11/23/17 | 2 min6 reads4 comments8.4MashableHenry P. Twolingos (as transcribed by Shelby Slauer)|11/23/17|2 min6 reads8.4
- # 184194 pts - Scout: bartadamley
Wonderful read detailing all of the interesting things happening presently within the world of "text". Venkatesh Rao is easily turning into my favorite online writer.
All that is missing, is throwing in Readup, as a platform transforming the way we interact with text online..
I will tell you the truth, that Readup has fundamentally changed the way I read online. As I had never found myself, giving reading online the time of day before.
- # 29754 pts - Scout: bartadamleyThe Verge | Makena Kelly | 1/5/21 | 2 min6 reads2 comments6.8The VergeMakena Kelly|1/5/21|2 min6 reads6.8
- # 206149 pts - Scout: billThe New York Times Company | MATT RICHTEL | 1/16/21 | 9 min5 reads5 comments10The New York Times CompanyMATT RICHTEL|1/16/21|9 min5 reads10
“The only way to talk to them, besides going to their house, is through my Xbox,” he said. “We play on there every night.”
In a pre-covid world, particularly in middle school/high school this was my life anyways.. and I could hardly imagine being stuck at home the whole time, as I am sure I would have gamed even more!
It is great to have that physical separation from our tech, and for a lot of us that what was what our work, school, and other social activities were.
Also, this worry of us being glued to our screens impacts us all, not just children. As it is a lot easier to spend more time consuming, rather than creating in the way our dominant internet platforms are designed.
The question then rises: how to use screen time to augment our creative abilities enabling them to flourish?
Perhaps now is the best time to get into: blogging, reading, music production, photography... the internet enables us to find so many sources for learning something new. it is just all about finding the right habits when approaching our time online.
I think a great worry is that as we get too comfortable at home, our adventurousness dies down in the process of being so accustomed to this new way of life..
So yes, I am wondering what pre-covid ways of life will return and thrive.
The first opportunity I have to go to a concert I am there. And yet, I have no estimate as to when this will even happen again...
Summer '21? Who's with me?
- # 25091 pts - Scout: bartadamley
Comical, yet informative read on what "Squad Wealth" is.
"Priced out of tier-1 cities, individuals have banded together to survive jobless market with no social safety net."
I mean this is essentially what the living situation is at college... and we oft look back at these times as times of great learning and tremendous joy.
The future of education, as well as the future of living as a 20-something, is something that appeals to me very much.. and I am interested to learn more as in how people have been treating this time of fundamental change..
Going back to school? Creating your own curriculum using online education?
Living with Friends from College? Friends from Online? Family? High School Buddies? Lovers?
"Squads will be as important as companies in the years to come. And as the micro-structure of our social and economic fabric changes, strong vibes and sustainability will become the new metric of success. Squads don't need to scale. They can just spread the big squad energy."
The first step, is to get your goals in order as a household, and then progress outwards. Due to the amount of time we are now spending at home, I am curious of just how much these goals as a household have fundamentally switched... my estimate is a lot!
All in all, great read.
- # 25687 pts - Scout: bartadamleyMarker | James Surowiecki | 1/26/21 | 7 min5 reads1 comment8.5MarkerJames Surowiecki|1/26/21|7 min5 reads8.5bartadamley4 weeks ago
In the past week, Gamestop went from roughly $37 a share all the way to $240 or so a share.
What the hell is going on? This article does a decent job in explaining the trolls who may just be brilliant, behind the emerging "meme stock market".
Full disclosure: I am not an investor in Gamestop, but I did hop on the #SaveAMC wagon.
- Update (1/27/2021):
9 Hours later... Gamestop is up to $347.51 a share.
- Update (1/27/2021):
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